Hospitality Business Management Masters Prepares Industry Professionals to Lead in a Fast-Growing Industry

Our STEM-designated master of science in hospitality business management (HBM), offered online and in-person (starting fall 2024), is designed to be completed part or full-time, providing students with the tools to manage current and emerging issues and become leaders in the fast-growing hospitality and tourism business field. The program combines the flexibility of in-person or online learning with rigorous study in an applied curriculum with a technology focus. Graduates are prepared to provide leadership in the burgeoning hospitality and tourism business.

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A myriad of connections, including hotels, wineries, restaurants, and world-famous golf courses, constantly refresh our leading-edge curriculum. Classes include marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, hotel real estate and investment, business analytics, and finance, delivering the skills necessary for hospitality business planning, branding, asset management, customer experience, and data analytics. Saunders College of Business’ graduate portfolio is ranked nationally and internationally. The college is ranked among the “Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the World For 2023” by CEOWORLD Magazine. Globally, Saunders came in at #27.

Additionally, the program benefits from a strong network of more than 25,000 committed alums worldwide who eagerly give back to the university and its students. As an HBM student, you are a part of an international family of like-minded achievers. 

In conjunction with classes, student clubs offer professional and educational opportunities alongside the chance to develop lifelong connections with peers and faculty. Members of such clubs, like the Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals (HFTP) and American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) can attend research conferences and international hotel shows, while developing and honing business skills.

Leading Faculty Experts

Hospitality faculty are thought leaders, publishing their research in elite academic journals. Research highlights cover hospitality topics that have an impact, including how customers view service in a disaster and hotels as a lifeline in hurricanes.

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Typical job titles for program alumni include:

  • Business Development
  • Customer Experience Director
  • Director of Operations
  • General Manager
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Sales and Event Manager

Read first-hand from hospitality graduates about their experience in the program.

“Saunders College of Business was an easy choice for me; the dynamic of the college in terms of having students from all over the world and different backgrounds, coupled with the fact that it is so well known within the business world. It has a reputation for delivering an excellent program. It was just an easy fit for me. The combination of the business school and my current degree program in hospitality and tourism management made it a great option. You have everything in one location. You walk in, and it truly feels like a business school. It gives you that drive and excitement the day you come to the building that this is where you want to be, this is the direction you want to head.” - Robert Maxwell ’20 (hospitality business management), ‘22 (EMBA), Amazon, Albany, NY

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Saunders College of Business

With a 95% career outcomes rate, Saunders is dedicated to delivering relevant, contemporary degrees to meet market demands. Your Team is a group of advisors that can help you from the application process through graduation with insight into our generous financial aid options, GMAT waiver options, curriculum, and career placement. 

With a growing global network of more than 25,000 Saunders College alumni and 136,000 RIT alumni, students can make connections almost anywhere and are encouraged to meet with devoted alumni, dedicated professors, and driven peers. 

Students can study abroad at any of RIT’s four Global Campuses, additional global student exchange partnerships are available, and there are over 100 study abroad locations on every continent. 

Bloomberg Businessweek named Saunders part of their “Best Business Schools” and recognized them among the “Best MBA Programs.” Check out financial aid and scholarship options today to help prepare for future promotions. Apply today to become eligible for these opportunities and become a part of the Saunders community.

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